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The Scoop - Tuesday August 17, 2021


Brett Favre: The former league MVP is featured in a video recommending children not play tackle football until they are 14.

Legal fees: The NCAA is passing nearly $34 million of legal bills from the failed Supreme Court defense in the Alston case down to the conferences to deal with. Have a nice day. 

NFL / FBS & FCS: Seven college football administrators have been selected to collaborate with the league to provide feedback on engagement opportunities, identify strategies to enhance college outreach efforts, and develop effective solutions to support the college football player pathway. The members are: Dusty Bennet (Tennessee State chief of staff), Rashard Hall (Clemson director of career & player development), Darien Harris (Michigan State director of player engagement), Tom Holmoe (BYU AD), Edward Jones II (Baylor assistant AD for player development), Ed Kull (Fordham AD) and Kodi Look (Oregon assistant director of football operations / executive assistant to the head coach). 

Grad assistants: A grad assistant at South now competing to be the starting quarterback

Utah: The University of Utah football program is seeking to hire a recruiting assistant with previous college football experience. Duties include prospect evaluation, database management, visit hosting, camps, etc. Will be working directly with the Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coaches. Need to be able to relocate to Salt Lake City. Hours include weekends and nights depending on the time of year. Position pays $2,000/month, and does not include benefits. Looking to fill this position ASAP. Please send a resume to and have the subject of the email be “Recruiting Assistant”.

Nevada: Jay Norvell's squad is packing up and moving to Stanford where they plan to complete the remained of August camp. Air quality issues in Reno related to the Dixie fire are forcing the move. 

Alabama: Prompted by a question from Nick Saban about how he dealt with anxiety, 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and former NFL QB Alex Smith shares a story on how inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

Stony Brook (FCS - NY): Former Long Island University (FCS NY) head coach Bryan Collins has joined the Stony Brook staff as defensive line coach.

15 Most Important: The No. 4 installment in our series takes a look at the new Michigan assistants, which is pretty much all of 'em

Columbia (FCS - NY): Columbia University is seeking a Player Personnel & Social Media Graphics Assistant. The position will be responsible for assisting with the creation of graphics for social media, recruiting, and promotional distribution of camp materials, as well as assisting with recruiting operations including but not limited to: data input, transcript requests, organization and execution of unofficial visits for PSA's and their families, and miscellaneous duties to be assigned. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and references to Director of Social Media Connor Fite at

The Recruit's Playbook: University of Houston defensive consultant Larry Hart has published - A 4-year guide to college football recruitment for high school athletes - The Recruit's Playbook

CoachComm: Communicate like a winner. Get up to a $2,000 trade in allowance if you act before August 31st. Reach out today to discuss the best communication solution for your team.

Navy: The Midshipmen will wear some new alternate unis inspired by the Marine's "dress blues" against Air Force.

Lycoming (D-III - PA): Head coach Mike Clark has announced the addition of four new assistant coaches in former Muhlenberg (D-III - PA) tight ends coach Greg Merchlinsky (wide receivers), former Hughesville HS (PA) head coach Adam Gehr (outside linebackers), former Lycoming linebacker and assistant coach Jermaine Reyes (linebackers) and Ryan Bastian (tight ends), who is beginning his college coaching career with the team. The program also returns Karl Roberts (defensive pass game coordinator) and Mike Pearson (running backs) for their first full seasons as assistants.

AP Top 25: Alabama tops the preseason AP Top 25, but fret not. Only once since 2005 has the preseason AP No. 1 won the national title. (It was Alabama.) 

15 Most Important: A year ago, Bill O'Brien was the Houston Texans' head coach. Now implementing "Alabama's offense," the question isn't if O'Brien wins a title in Tuscaloosa, it's when and how many.

Lawrence Livingston: After a coaching career that includes stops as an assistant at Arizona, Texas A&M, Washington State, Wyoming, UTEP, and Army as well as a head coaching stint at Earlham (D-III - OH), Lawrence Livingston has accepted the run game coordinator / offensive line / tight ends coach and special teams coordinator position at East Coast Prep (Postgrad - MA).